Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) welcomed $12,417,525 to support 12 New Hampshire health care providers that have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes as part of a $1.75 billion national announcement in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
"These federal funds will fill critical gaps in providers' budgets caused by lost revenue and increased costs associated with the pandemic, which is essential so they can continue to keep our communities safe and healthy," said Rep. Chris Pappas. "I'll keep fighting for New Hampshire's health providers to receive the resources they need to continue providing life-saving care to all our communities as we recover."
"After working across bipartisan lines to bolster the PRF to deliver much-needed resources to overwhelmed health care providers, I'm thrilled to see this funding continue to reach providers across New Hampshire. The PRF has been a lifeline for hospitals and providers during the pandemic who've struggled to hire additional help and ramp up operations to meet the unprecedented demand for their services," said Senator Shaheen. "This $12.4 million award is one of the most substantial rounds of PRF funding New Hampshire has received to date and will alleviate the pressure facing a dozen Granite State providers. I'll keep working to ensure our health care providers have what they need as we work our way out of this pandemic."
"Granite Staters rely on their local providers for high-quality medical care, which is why it's important that we continue to provide support to these centers and ensure that they can continue to deliver care," said Senator Hassan. "This federal funding will help providers in our state deliver vital health services to Granite Staters, and I will continue to work to secure federal funding that will help shore up our medical system."
"The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) continues to be a lifeline to Granite State health care providers who experienced revenue losses due to COVID-19 and are still working to overcome pandemic-related expenses and challenges," said Rep. Kuster. "I am thrilled to see these resources be distributed to our providers to ensure they can serve their communities and deliver life-saving care to patients throughout New Hampshire. As our state and our country rebound from this crisis, I am proud to advocate for our doctors, nurses, and health care workers."
"Dartmouth Health has been at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years. Funding from the Provider Relief Fund, which takes into account lost revenue and increased costs directly related to COVID has been critical to ensure we can continue to provide high-quality care in our communities. We thank Senator Shaheen for her ongoing support of the healthcare delivery system in New Hampshire," said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth Health.
In December, the delegation welcomed more than $41 million through the PRF to support 262 health care providers that have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, they also welcomed an additional $11 million to 25 New Hampshire providers through the PRF as part of a $2 billion distribution nationwide. Last month, an additional $3,208,705 was ushered in through the PRF to support 24 New Hampshire health care providers